Under the Professional Engineers Act, a person who engages in any of the prescribed branches of professional engineering work in Singapore, namely, chemical, civil, electrical, mechanical, or geotechnical engineering, shall be a registered professional engineer who has in force a practising certificate, or someone working under the direction or supervision of a registered professional engineer who has in force a practising certificate.
Similarly, a person who supplies or offers to supply professional engineering services in any of the prescribed branches of professional engineering work in Singapore shall be a registered professional engineer who has in force a practising certificate practicing as a sole proprietor or as a partner in a licensed partnership, licensed limited liability partnership or partnership consisting wholly of registered professional engineers; or an allied professional who is a partner in a licensed partnership or limited liability partnership; or a licensed corporation or limited liability partnership.
Registration as Professional Engineers
PEB registers professional engineers in civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering. To register, a person is required to have the necessary academic qualifications, acquired adequate practical experience and pass prescribed examinations. In addition, PEB would require the applicant to undergo an interview.
For a registered professional engineer to engage in professional engineering work in Singapore, he would need to obtain a practising certificate. The practising certificate is renewed on an annual basis and authorizes a professional engineer to engage in professional engineering work within the Branch of Engineering that he is qualified to practise.
Registration of Specialist Professional Engineers
PEB also registers specialist professional engineers in specialized branches of engineering. At the moment, a professional engineers in civil engineering who has a valid practicing certificate and meets requirements in terms of qualifications and practical experience in geotechnical engineering may apply to be registered as a specialist professional engineers in geotechnical engineering.
Licensed Corporations & Partnerships
Businesses may also supply professional engineering services provided they are licensed by PEB to do so. Licences may be granted to 4 forms of organizations, namely limited corporations, unlimited corporations, multi-disciplinary partnerships and limited liability partnerships.
Summary Of Comments Of Public Consultation on Proposed Amendments to the Professional Engineers Act